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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dan's T-shirts

This was made for a co-worker who is an athletic trainer and health teacher.  T-shirts from college, and from our school system.  Quilting is medium all-over meander.  Size is 63 x 80 -plenty of length since he's over 6 ft.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Crown Royal bags

Jim had saved LOTS of Crown Royal whiskey bags, and this is what he wanted done with them.  (No - he didn't drink all of that - he got bags from friends also . . .)  There are 54 bags of various sizes covering every inch of the sport coat/suit jacket. There are very little bags down each side of the lapel, and a specialty NASCAR bag on the each shoulder.   Even the back collar is covered with a bag.  The bags on the body of the jacket I could machine stitch, but the ones on the sleeves had to be hand-stitched.  It's a good thing Jim has broad shoulders as the jacket now weighs a ton!!

Back collar

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quilt of Valor

This will be donated to the Quilt of Valor program, (info here) but especially to a local group that has just returned home.  It is pieced entirely of recycled shirts, including the back.  I saved the backs of the shirts to have large pieces for the backing.  There are a ton of feathers in the quilting.  I also made a presentation case and label for the back.  The case can be used as a pillow case also.  There is a strip of the case fabric across the back to pull it all together.  The organization will fill in the name of the recipient before it's presented.  It's 60 x 76.
Click on the picture for a better view of quilting

Presentation case
Label on quilt back

Feathered Wreath
Feathers in the star points

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kathy's T-shirts

Kathy is a golf friend who was a PE teacher and swim coach for 36 years.  She had so many shirts that we had to put 5 on the back.  The quilting pattern is a pantograph that looks like waves on the water.  She chose fish fabric for the back.  This is queen sized:  91 x 108.
5 shirts on the back     

backing fabric and quilting pattern

Friday, November 16, 2012

Taylor's t-shirts

Taylor is a past student, so this was fun for me to do.  Taylor ran Cross country in middle school and high school, and these shirts are great memories of those times.  The school colors are red and white, with sometimes a black accent, so this is a good representation of that.  Taylor loves blue, so that's what the backing is.  The quilting is a meander and loops.  Size is 58 x 74.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Skip's shirts #3

Free  motion quilting pattern
backing fabric
This is Patty's quilt - the third of three quilts for Skip's family.  Skip was the local  high school swim coach for years and years.   The cornerstones are from a pair of green shorts.  This has martini fabric on the back - the two daughters picked  fun backing fabrics.  This one I quilted with free  motion waves to make it look like water.  The label for the back is the same as her sister's quilt - she spelled out her dad's name vertically - then came up with words that describe her dad - one for each letter of his name.   The other two family quilts can be found here and here.  This one is 87 x 71 and has a rod pocket for hanging. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nate's Memories

Nate passed away at a young age, and his wife had me make this for her - something for her to wrap up in and remember happy times.   There are two rows of t-shirts and steelworker bandanas, then I filled in the rest in Bonnie K. Hunter's strip twist pattern using dress shirts, and lots of fun boxers and bandanas. (middle picture).   The backing is the same blue as the borders on the front.  I quilted a free motion pattern using 3 sizes of circles connected one one side, with a meander between sets of circles (bottom picture) It's about a full bed size (83 x 92)  The label on the back is simply his name. 

strip twist pattern

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Skip's t-shirts #2

This is the second of three quilts for Skip's family.  The cornerstones are from a pair of green shorts.  This one has leopard print fabric on the back for Mary.  She came up a great label for the back - she spelled out her dad's name vertically - then came up with words that describe her dad - one for each letter of his name.   It's 6'5w x 6'8h and has a rod pocket for hanging.  You can go here to see the first one.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rally for the Cure

These are "crying towels" that I donated for the last place team in our Rally for the Cure event held at Beechwood Golf Course in Laporte.  We had 48 women particpate, so a great turnout.  All proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Golf Towels

These two are for customers. The green one is for a woman in my league who says she has trouble hitting fairways, so she created this fictional organization and delcared herself president!!  A friend ordered it for her.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kid's Games Challenge Quilt

Our guild had a challenge to generate charity quilts for the children's organization that we support.  We were given a fat quarter of the black print fabric that runs the diagonal in the photo, and had to create a quilt that showed kids playing games, or portrayed games, or was a game itself.  I bought fabric with differet balls on them - basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, and of course, golf balls and tees.  The top and bottom borders are from some leftover Las Vegas fabric - representing the ADULT games!!  The quilts were presented at the July meeting and voted on, with the winners getting gift cards to area quilt shops.       40 x 52

Monday, June 25, 2012


These are the t-shirts of one of our local high school and now college tennis players.  What a great collection of school and tennis camp shirts and tournaments.  He has even spent some time playing tennis in Romania!!  It's a queen size -90  x 104.  Same fabric on the back as the sashings and binding.  I quilted it with a great masculine panto. (bottom photo)   The top two photos are top and bottom halves - couldn't fit it all in one photo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rag Quilt

A great "quilt as you go" project for charity.  Uses up batting scraps, as well as smaller pieces of left over fabrics.  Seams are snipped at 1/4" intervals after sewing so they "rag" in the washer.  This will go to my guild's charity group - it supports a children's organization.    36 x 48.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wedding quilt

This one was made as a wedding gift for a family member.  I took a chance on the fabric patterns, but they had a room with animal prints in their previous home, so I was hoping it would still work.  They both love it, so a good choice.   Plain black on the back with a simple meander quilting pattern.   54 x 62    Updated 6/23 - Just got back from their wedding on the beach in Florida and a visit to their home.  The quilt is proudly displayed on a chair back.  The fabrics fit perfectly with their other accessories with the same theme - even the rug.  They love the quilt and it will certainly get used!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Madalyn's T-shirts

These are Madalyn's t-shirts.  There is a great sampling of her enitre life, not just athletic shirts.  She chose the great colors of lime green on the front and electric blue for the backing.  They really go together well.  Size is a long twin  72 x 97.  I quilted some wonky daisys and leaves.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Something's Fishy . . .

This is a one-block wonder quilt.  I saved some of the original fabric to use on the back, and embroidered fish to swim through the mazes created by the cubes.  Many of the hexagons show the fish swimming round and round the hexagons.  Sometimes there is a smiling face, or a tail in others.  The cubes were a challenge, but fun to add to the quilt.  I quilted this using circle templates centered at each hexagon intersection, which created interlocking circles, more visable on the back.  I quilted a cable in the first blue border,  free motion flip-flop feathers in the narrow pink border, and a free motion veined swirl in the large outer blue border.  I earned a second place ribbon in the 2012  String Along Quilt Guild show.          78 x 85

first set of cubes

2nd set of cubes

3rd set of cubes

border quilting

quilting on back

original fabric

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Orca Bay

This is a Bonnie K. Hunter mystery quilt.  It has almost 4000 pieces, and I made it entirely from shirts.  I saved all the shirt backs to use on the quilt back.  Photos show the feathered quilting on the back - I couldn't get it to photograph well on the front.  It's 78 x 87.  This got an honorable mention at the String Along Quilt Guild  2012 show.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sneakin' In

8 of these blocks were from the BOM for my guild.  I made the rest to make this 56 x 68.  This will go to our charity  - Comfort Quilts.  I quilted it with the Baptist Fan pattern.  It's kind of hard to see on the backing, but it's there.  They are wider apart than normal - just to get it DONE!! The back is pretty crazy - it was a donation from a customer, and I promised it would go in a charity quilt.  The name comes from the fact that I did it sneaking in an hour here or there between all the customer quilts.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Skip's t-shirts

This one has been done for almost a month, but didn't get it posted till now.  It's is the first of 3 t-shirt quilts for Skip's family.  He was the swim coach for our local high school for almost 30 years and much loved by all.  He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at the high school.  This first quilt is for his wife, the next two for his daughters.  All 3 quilts are to be hung, so they are not bed sizes, just sized to fit the shirts that each had picked out.  This one is 62 x 69, and the sashing fabric is also on the back.  I did a free motion quilting that looks like pond water - tried to stick with a water theme to go with the swimming.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Missy's quilts

I made 5 quilts for Missy from her Mom's clothing.  One for herself, her brother, and her 3 kids.  All have different backs - each the recipient's wish.  Most of the clothes were velour warm-up suits, so the quilts are heavy and very textured.  All of the quilts are afghan sized - 56 x 72.  Two are quilted with random hearts, and the other 3 are a medium sized meander.


Abby's backing

Courtney's backing

Josh's backing


Missy's backing


Rob's backing


Embroidery:  "Memories of Mimi" on 4 quilts, "Memories of Mom" on Missy's.  The guy's quilts were done in white, and pink for the girls.